Interspersed among the flaxes as ground cover is blue fescue (Festuca ovina 'Glauca'), dwarf lily turf
There are two species seen in the nursery trade, big blue lily turf
(Liriope muscari), growing up to 2 feet tall, and creeping lily turf
Rivaling them for shade tolerance are the Hawaiian elf umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola) and lily turf
Beneath the tree canopy, plant lower-growing, big-leafed plants--bananas (Musa basjoo is the hardiest species), bear's breech (Acanthus mollis), honey bush (Melianthus major), or ligularia--among small-leafed ferns, lily turf
, ornamental grasses, or ti plants.
It is closely related to lily turf
(Liriope) but, unlike its cousin, does not attract snails.
I have seen attractive plantings made using brightly coloured summer bedding (generally best suited to a sunny spot) but I chose to use a combination of hardy ferns and a few ornamental grasses including blue fescue and black lily turf